Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) is a British author, famed for short stories, poems and tales of the British Empire in India. Children may know him best for “The Jungle Book”, a collection of stories first published in magazines in …[Continue]

Poets Laureate

Poets Laureate

What, you may ask, is a poet laureate? A poet laureate is an official poet appointed by a government to promote poetry. Britain’s first semi-official Poet Laureate was Ben Johnson, appointed by King James I in 1617. Since 1937, the …[Continue]

Christmas Songs

Christmas Songs

Covering the gamut from traditional Christmas carols to pop holiday music, these Christmas sites include printable lyrics, music trivia, and streaming online radio stations. May your holiday season be joyful and filled with music!…[Continue]

Vocabulary Tests

Vocabulary Tests

This week’s round up of vocabulary sites offers a mix of pre-defined vocabulary tests and tools to create quizzes based on your own word list. Whether your goal is a good score on Friday’s vocab quiz, a perfect score on …[Continue]

Gratitude

Gratitude

Sages throughout history have understood that giving thanks has immense spiritual benefits for both thanker and thankee. Take time during this holiday season to enrich your life and lift your spirits. Be grateful. Give thanks. Wishing you the happiest of …[Continue]

What is Phishing?

What is Phishing?

Phishing is the act of fooling a computer user into submitting personal information by creating a counterfeit website that looks like a real (and trusted) site. It is a hacker technique of “fishing” for passwords and other secret financial info. …[Continue]

Mayflower Compact

Mayflower Compact

Written in 1620 by the Mayflower passengers (who later were called Pilgrims), the Mayflower Compact was the first document of self-government in the colonies of the New World. Signed by all the adult male passengers of the Mayflower, it was …[Continue]

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a French painter who inadvertently named Impressionism, when a title was quickly needed for one of his paintings in an 1874 exhibition. Monet named it simply “Impression” but the show’s …[Continue]

Mummies

Mummies

Although mummies share the big screen and Halloween streets with make-believe monsters such as werewolves and vampires, they are real! A mummy is a corpse with preserved skin and internal organs. Although often associated with Ancient Egypt, mummies have been …[Continue]

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on two days, starting November 1. The focus of the joyous holiday is a celebration of the lives of dead family and friends. It a melding of …[Continue]